Spring Arbor University will host a benefit basketball game featuring Detroit Lions players for the Jackson Community Foundation’s Thought 1 Scholarship Fund on Saturday, April 27. The game will take place in the Fieldhouse from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for SAU students.
The game will feature local area residents playing against the Detroit Lions Football team. The Detroit Lions Team will consist of three Detroit Lion alumni and three current players. The names of the Lions players will not be announced until a week prior to the event. The players will be signing autographs at half time. Programs will also be available and there will be a 50/50 raffle.
The Thought 1 Scholarship Fund and the event were organized by two SAU alumni, Noah Nagy and Teresa Greenslade. The Thought 1 Scholarship was created to aid a Jackson County high school graduate who has lost a parent or stepparent to cancer or who someone who is a cancer survivor his or herself. “The name and the purpose of the organization originates from the first real thought I had after getting up off the floor after being told I had appendix cancer,” says Nagy. “When you’re told you have cancer, it feels like a knockout punch from a heavy weight boxer.”
Nagy felt called to start the fund after the generosity he experienced. “As one who has been a beneficiary of all the hard work and countless donations of so many to cancer research, I feel I am being called to return the favor in some form,” says Nagy.
The Thought 1 roster includes:
Dan Heyns-Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections
Todd Duckett-Former MSU Spartan and Detroit Lion, amongst other teams
Jason Colthorp-News Anchor WILX TV
Geoff Bontrager-Superintendent, Northwest Schools
Thomas Finegan-Teacher, Lakeview Middle School (Battle Creek)
Missy Berdiner- Allegiance Health
Elmer Hitt-Jackson City Police
Dawn Hitt-Teacher, Jonesville School District
Teresa Greenslade-Teacher, Western School District (SAU Alum)
Andy Hawley-JTV Sports Director
Jeremy Patterson-Principal, Frost Elementary (Jackson Public Schools) (SAU Alum)
John Moffitt-Teacher, Northwest Schools/Western High School JV BB Coach (SAU Alum)
Chris Keller-Michigan State Police
Brooklyn Morgan-Current SAU Student, SAU soccer team
Coach: Phil Stout- Senior Pastor, Jackson First Church of the Nazarene
The games officials will be the following:
Dr. Brent Ellis- Vice President for University Advancement at SAU
Derrick White-Michigan State Police Trooper
Patrick Heath-Michigan Department of Corrections
The emcee for the evening will be Shelby Raines of Marriage Matters.
Article provided by Cameron Robinson, a senior English writing major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.